Welcome to another book tag!
This tag was created by BooksNest but I was (kinda … sort of?) tagged by BookishTiffany on Twitter, and because I love doing and seeing other people do book tags, I decided to take part in this activity and share my answers with you!
Plus it gave me a reason to stare at my mountainous TBR pile because, hey, if I’m not reading them, I might as well just admire them.
I mean, what other reason is there to buy books?
Anyways, let’s get started!
The rules of this tag are:
Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
Answer the questions below
Tag 10 others to take part
ENJOY THE TAG!”booksnest, “The ‘I should have read that’ book tag”
And now for the questions!
(Side note: these book summaries are my paraphrased version of the ones on Goodreads. For more information on any of these books, I’ve included their Goodreads pages)
1. A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read
So for this question, I asked my reader friends to recommend me a book because I haven’t been given a book recommendation in FOREVER! And I didn’t want to pick just one because their answers all sounded interesting so I’m going to list them all here!
The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
This book sounds like one grandiose adventure … apparently it’s a steampunk novel too!
This book takes place in a world where Spires are the peacekeepers in the sky. Captain Grimm is the commander of the ship called Predator and a loyal follower to Spire Albion, who is at war with Spire Aurora. However, after the Predator is damaged, Captain Grimm is recruited on an Albion mission for the Predator to be fixed in return. But the war between the Spires isn’t the only problem, as an old villain is looking to wreak havoc on humanity.
The Aeronaut’s Windlass is also the first book in the Cinder Spires series. The second book is called The Olympian Affair.
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
I’ve seen the movie trailers and both the film and the book seem like so much fun and entertaining!
Crazy Rich Asians is about a girl named Rachel who visits Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas, unbeknownst to her that he comes from a rich family. Now, Rachel seems to find herself in a world she never expected.
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
I’ve heard of this book before, as well as the author, since I read The Book Thief in high school. I’ve also heard great things about this book.
I Am the Messenger is about a cabdriver named Ed Kennedy who seems to be having a boring and rough life until he stops a bank robbery. Then, things seem to get even more interesting when Ed adopts this messenger persona and starts doing someone’s bidding. But whose?
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Kafka on the Shore is about a boy named Kafka and Nakata, two people who seem to be running away from something in their lives … and potentially searching for something else. They embark on a strange yet magical journey filled with prophecies, murder and talking cats. This sounds like a strange yet fascinating read.
2. A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up
I went with The Lying Game series by Sara Shepard because I’m pretty sure that series has been on my list longer than any of the other books on my TBR (the first book was published almost ten years ago … WHAT?!). I’ve been obsessed with Sara Shepard since I first started her Pretty Little Liars series when I was 10, so the fact that I haven’t picked up this series yet is beyond me!
The Lying Game is about long-lost twins, Emma and Sutton. Sutton is dead, while Emma is pretending to be her dead sister in order to find out what happened. And like every other Sara Shepard book, I’m sure there’s lots of secrets, lies and twists on every page.
3. A book in a series you’ve started, but haven’t gotten round to finishing yet
This is literally like all the books I’ve read! See, I try and wait until I buy all the books in a series so I can binge-read it all at once, but then I end up with so many books in my TBR because I don’t have the complete collection yet or the books haven’t all been published.
You can never win!
Anyways, for this question, I’m going to go with The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. It is the second book in The Raven Cycle. This was actually a series that one of my friends recommended for me in Question 1, but I thought it would be fitting to add in here since I have started it but never got around to finishing it.
The Raven Boys and I go wayyyyy back. In Grade 10, I picked the book for an English project because it was the only book I recognized (well, actually I recognized the author’s name because I read The Wolves of Mercy Falls back in elementary school). I really enjoyed The Raven Boys and even picked up the second one from the library and read 200 pages of it until I decided to return the book because a) I had too many books I still had to read that I bought and/or b) I used up all my library renewals for that book. Either way, I returned it.
But it was that day that I took a vow and told myself that one day, I would own The Dream Thieves (and The Raven Boys because I borrowed that from the library as well) and I would buy the rest of the series and find out what happens to Blue and Gansey.
To prevent any spoilers, I will summarize the first book in the series, The Raven Boys.
The Raven Boys is about the daughter of a clairvoyant named Blue, who sees, for the first time, the spirit of a boy named Gansey. For a non-seer like Blue, this could only mean one of two things: either Gansey is her true love or she’s going to kill him.
Blue tries to stay away from Gansey, for he is one of those rich preppy boys, but then she finds herself alongside him and his friends, on a quest for something that sounds like a legend from a book.
The last two books in the series include Blue Lily, Lily Blue and The Raven King. There is also a spin-off series called the Dreamer Trilogy. So far, the first book, Call Down the Hawk, has been published.
4. A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read
I feel like there’s so many classics I would want to read, but when it comes to actually buying them, I just … don’t?
I’m going to go with a classic I actually do own, which is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. This might cross over into Question 6 but since it’s a classic–and the only classic I have at the moment–I say it belongs here.
I remember seeing the movie a long time ago as a kid, which is why I decided to keep the book when my cousin was giving her books away. Plus, another favourite childhood movie of mine was A Little Princess, which was also written by Burnett, so I thought to myself, “why not give this book a try?” But as you can see, I haven’t exactly given the book a try … yet.
The Secret Garden is about a brat named Mary who, after the death of her parents, is sent to live with her uncle. She makes it clear to him that she doesn’t want to be here. As time passes, her new home seems to grow on her, especially when she finds a secret garden, as well as discovering other secrets hidden away.
5. A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read
This question is pretty much my entire TBR pile because I tend to pick books that I’ve heard about or seen everywhere that I kind of just get sucked into joining the bandwagon.
But in this case, I think Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is a really good choice. Whenever I see lists with books that I’ve read, this one always pops up.
I don’t even know why I haven’t read it yet. I haven’t even seen the movie! All I know is that someone once said that Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is like X-Men (which, funny enough, is how I would describe the Shatter Me series, which is written by Ransom Riggs’ wife, Tahereh Mafi) and that persuaded me into buying the series.
Also, there’s pictures in the book and I think that’s such a really cool idea. It’s like a picture book for teens and adults!
This book is about a boy named Jacob who finds himself at Miss Peregrine’s orphanage where he suspects that the children that once lived here were–well–peculiar. And dangerous. And alive?
6. A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet
I tend to not watch a lot of book-to-film adaptations if I haven’t read the book yet, just because I want to read the book and learn everything that went on from the author’s perspective. That way, when I watch the film, I feel like Hermione when something in the film isn’t mentioned or fully explained.
But even I give into temptation at times.
In this case, I broke the rules when it comes to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. The movie came out on Netflix, and I told myself to read the book first and … that didn’t happen.
But I honestly loved the movie and it just made me even more excited for when I do read the book.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about a girl named Lara Jean who likes to write a letter to her crush, professing her love … and then hides the letter as if it never happened.
Until one day, her letters go missing. To make things worse, these letters were sent out to her crushes! Now Lara Jean has to face the music, or rather, her history of crushes … which includes her sister’s ex-boyfriend!
And in case you’re wondering, no I haven’t seen P.S. I Love You. I would just be ruining my entire series if I knew what happens next!
7. A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet
Again, pretty much all the books on my TBR. But for this one, I decided to scroll through Instagram to really immerse myself in the experience (this is the method actor in me speaking) and I noticed this book popped up quite a few times … and that book is Scythe by Neal Shusterman.
Scythe is about a seemingly utopian world where there are zero problems in society. No war, no hunger. There’s not even death–well, not exactly. The only death that occurs is by the scythes, people who kill in order to control the population. Citra and Rowan are the next scythes, and even though they wish they could refuse the role, it’s either they learn to kill or be killed.
Even before I saw this book on Instagram, I’ve seen a lot of publicity for this book at Indigo, on BookTube and the plot reminded me slightly of The Hunger Games, which is an all-time favourite series of mine, so of course, I had to buy it.
And that’s the end of the tag!
Thank you to BooksNest for creating this tag and thank you to BookishTiffany for (indirectly) tagging me!
In order to pass the tag along, I’m tagging everyone who reads this post!
What would be your answers? If you’ve read any of these books, which ones would you highly recommend? How many books are in your TBR?
Let me know in the comments below!